April 25, 2022

DeSantis vs. Disney

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on Friday signed a bill that strips Walt Disney Co (DIS.N) of self-governing authority at its Orlando-area parks in retaliation for its opposition to a new law that limits the teaching of LGBTQ issues in schools.” Reuters

Here’s our recent coverage of Florida and Disney and the Florida education bill. The Flip Side

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From the Right

The right generally supports the bill and calls on corporations to avoid taking sides in the culture wars.

From the Left

The left opposes the bill and argues that corporations should not be punished for their political speech.

The left opposes the bill and argues that corporations should not be punished for their political speech.

A libertarian's take

What makes this case unusual is that this is an extraordinary status that Disney got because it was Disney, and withdrawing that status would simply put Disney in the same position as other companies in that geographical area, and the bulk of other companies in Florida…

“To give an analogy, various state laws give special treatment to the NRA… Some of these laws were passed when the NRA was less politically active than it has been recently. Others might have been passed when the party in control of the legislature liked NRA's politics. Say that the state legislature decides that it doesn't like the NRA any more, because of the NRA's position on gun control laws, and decides to just eliminate this special treatment. I'm inclined to say that the legislature could do so.”
Eugene Volokh, Volokh Conspiracy

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